UFC signs Olympic taekwondo medalist after another lightning fast finish


In a breathtaking display of skill, Cuban Olympic taekwondo medalist turned MMA prospect, Robelis Despaigne, achieved a remarkable 4-second knockout against undefeated opponent Miles Banks during the thrilling main card of Fury FC 84.

Robelis Despaigne, a 35-year-old Olympic taekwondo bronze medalist, successfully transitioned to the world of professional mixed martial arts in 2022. Renowned as “The Bad Boy,” Despaigne holds an impressive record of 4-0 in the heavyweight division, with each match concluding via first-round finishes. Initially debuting in Titan FC, Despaigne became an active force in Fury Fighting Championship, a prominent Texas-based MMA promotion.

The highly anticipated Fury FC 84, held on December 3 in Houston, Texas, featured a lineup of thrilling matchups, with Despaigne once again stealing the spotlight. Placed in the main card, he faced off against fellow undefeated prospect Miles Banks, revealing a stark contrast in their skills.

From the match’s onset, both competitors engaged aggressively, exchanging powerful blows. Banks attempted a straight punch towards Despaigne, but the move proved unsuccessful, leaving him vulnerable. Seizing the opportunity, Despaigne unleashed a rapid and forceful combination of punches. In a split second, one of Despaigne’s punches found its mark on Banks’ jaw, rendering him unconscious and sending him sprawling to the canvas.

The referee promptly intervened, waving off the match and declaring Despaigne the victor via a stunning first-round knockout, achieved in an astonishing four seconds.

Maintaining his undefeated status, Robelis Despaigne boasts an unblemished record of four knockout victories. Meanwhile, Miles Banks, following his first professional MMA loss, now holds a record of 1 win and 1 loss.

Post this remarkable triumph, reports suggest that Despaigne has secured a UFC contract, marking his ascent to the heavyweight division of the premier mixed martial arts organization. Despaigne’s lightning-fast knockout at Fury FC 84 has undoubtedly left a lasting impression, solidifying his reputation as a rising force in the MMA arena.